Foreground commissioned leading British artists Edwina Ashton, Bob & Roberta Smith and Matt Stokes to make new artworks with people from Frome for Independent State - a major participatory visual art project that celebrated the Somerset Town´s reputation for Independence and it´s distictive community. 

The projects drew together people of all walks of life and all ages into intimate groups who, over the summer months of 2009, worked directly with the artists to bring their distinctive visions to life. the artists´ works, which ranged from the investigative to the eccentric, were all conceived as interventions into one of the fixtures of the calendar of Somerset´s communities - the Autum Carnival Season. 

Culminating in the single evening of Frome´s Carnival Parade, Independent State explored the collaborative creation of contemporary art for a popular mass audience beyond the gallery.

Edwina Ashton
Bob & Roberta Smith
Matt Stokes

Lawson Park Electronic Library is a Guestroom project for Grizedale Arts, designed and built by Dorian Moore